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  • Robby Mason
    May 9, 2012 - 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Dear Jen,
    I just wanted to say thank you for your article concerning the North Pacific Gyre in the CSM! So many folks seem to have that “out of sight, out of mind” mentality, but c’mon, it’s a REAL thing. Anyway, the revelation of H.sericeus capitalizing on surface debris was fascinating. Something that was crossing my brain pan a few months ago was relating more to the nature of the composition of the patch. Specifically that it is comprised mainly of plastics, the majority which are likely to contain estrogen and androgen mimickers. Could we actually see completely new organisms evolve in a short period of time given that a lot of smaller organisms often have shorter periods for reproduction, are exposed to not only the chemicals in the plastics, but are also being acted upon by ultraviolet radiation (possible increase in mutagenic activity?) And what about biomagnification effects through various food chains? Could those concentrations then be passed along to other trophic levels via consumption? Food for thought. Pun intended! 😀 Cute cat BTW! Embrace your inner nomad and please keep up the science journalism!

    • Jennifer Welsh
      June 2, 2012 - 5:42 am | Permalink


      I love your post. My question to you is… how do we notice when new organisms have evolved? I feel like a lot of what we know about microbes is literally all about the 16s rna ribosome component. not to mention how little we know about the genes that make up every other organism on Earth. Anyway, thanks for reading and feel free to follow my much more often updated pages on facebook (, twitter (!/microbelover) and Google+ (the completely unattractive and much less snappy url for my latest works. You can also follow the work posted on, who also post great work!

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